July 9th was the International Gun Destruction Day – a UN campaign held every year to reflect on the effects of small arms, and to call for surpluses to be destroyed responsibly rather than stockpiled. Defend International members and its partners have urged government officials to destroy their surplus weapons and ammunition stocks.
This year’s Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence will take place from June 5th to 12th. We ask our members to (1) express their concern about gun violence in order to stimulate discussion of national positions on key issues as States prepare for RevCon3, and to (2) call their relevant government officials to provide greater control of small arms and take serious steps to end illicit trade in conventional weapons.
In a new statement, Mr. Zar Ali Khan Afridi, Defend International coordinator in FATA and the chairman of FATA Commission of Human Rights, condemned the beating of students, who had protested for better educational conditions.
Defend International is pleased to inform its members and supporters that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the historic United Nations Strategic Plan for Forests 2017-2030 and that the United Nations Forum on Forests will meet for its 12th session from 1 to 5 May 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
In a new newsletter, Mr. Scotty Bruer, DI supporter and founder of Peace Now, shared his thoughts on justice in Syria. As the debate on the crimes against humanity committed in Syria goes on, Mr. Bruer says that we must hold leaders personally accountable for the murders, wars, and their crimes against humanity.